A Line in the Sand …

At some point, I drew a proverbial line in the sand, whether consciously or not, I do not know.  But I knew the very moment that line had been crossed.  Before I elaborate, I would like to go on record as saying that at this moment, at least, I think this will be my last post about Donald Trump, his candidacy,  or perhaps even the Republican Party.  I have written about his many crude, disrespectful and inhumane acts and utterances, for over a year now.  Sometimes I have done so with tongue-in-cheek, other times with blatant humour, and at still other times in all seriousness.  But after this post, I think I shall stop writing about him.  He does not deserve my time and attention, and frankly there are more important things happening in the world, even in this country, to think and write about than a mean, ugly narcissist.

The Republican National Convention in Cleveland is in its final day, thankfully, for in the past 24 hours it has taken a particularly ugly turn.  I was sickened by the mass chants of “Lock Her Up”, the “her” being Hillary Clinton, whose only ‘crime’ is being a far more qualified candidate than the one chosen by the GOP.  Apparently, since the Trump campaign has proven that they actually have no viable platform, their only tactic is to attack the opposition with falsehoods and vitriol. With those chants and some of the truly horrific convention speeches falsely condemning Ms. Clinton, I thought this group of obnoxious people had reached the pinnacle of filthy, disgusting and obnoxious.  I was wrong.  On Tuesday, Al Baldasaro, one of Trump’s campaign advisors, said in a radio interview that “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”  He said this not once, but twice, the first time in a radio interview on the Jeff Kuhner Show, and he re-iterated it in a subsequent interview with NBC News.  A spokesperson for Donald Trump claimed that “of course Mr. Trump does not feel this way”, however Trump has not spoken out against the remark, and neither have any of his supporters, so it must be assumed that he and they are in agreement with Baldasaro.  This, people, is the last straw.  Trump, and by extension the Republican Party, is no longer a responsible, credible, valid candidate for presidency of the United States, and the GOP nothing more than a rag-tag band of thugs and bullies in my book.

For the record, I shall say this one final time:  Hillary Clinton was cleared of wrongdoing in the case of Benghazi, it was determined that nothing she could have done would have changed the outcome.  She has also been cleared of intentional wrongdoing in the use of a private server for her emails during the time she served as Secretary of State.  Those are the facts.  Ms. Clinton will not be charged with any crimes, she will not go to jail, and she for damned sure will not be executed.

In the United States, we have the 1st amendment which guarantees the right to free speech.  It does not, however, protect threatening speech.  Read it however you like, but threats made involving bodily harm are not deserving of protection under the 1st amendment, nor any other law in the U.S.  Just try telling your neighbor that you plan to shoot him and see how quickly the men in blue arrive on your doorstep!  The Secret Service is currently investigating Baldasaro, as well they should, however it is unlikely he will face any punitive action, as he did not make a direct threat, he did not say he planned to execute Ms. Clinton.  In most other nations, Baldasaro’s remarks would have landed him quickly in a jail cell.  I firmly believe that the time has come for us to assess our interpretation of the 1st amendment, since it appears that far too many people believe it gives them the ‘right’ to trounce upon the rights of others.  The same can be said of the 2nd amendment, but that is a discussion for another day, another time.

A majority of republicans are not fond of Trump, but will stand behind him in the interest of “party unity”.  If they continue to stand behind him in light of the hate and vitriol that, while bad enough before, has only intensified in the past week, then in my book they are no different, no better than he.  Donald Trump and his band of thugs have lost all credibility as politicians, have lost legitimacy as human beings.  They mark the end of whatever sanity remained in the GOP.  Recently, a reader reminded me that it was “the party of Lincoln” that freed the slaves.  Today’s Republican Party is no longer the party of Lincoln and they do not deserve to be thought of as such, for they have let Trump and his thugs steal their validity.  In fact, I can well believe that, if given the chance, today’s Republican Party would gladly return African-Americans to slavery.

There is an expression that I remind myself of frequently –  you cannot change the behaviour of others, only your own response to it.  Nothing I can ever say here will change the Republican nominee nor his party.  But I can refuse to take the bait.  No, I cannot bury my head in the sand, much as I might like to, but neither must I subject myself to the inanity that has become the Trump campaign on a daily basis.  I am more interested in what I see as a potential disaster building in Turkey, in the October re-elections that will take place in Austria, in the handling of Britain’s exit from the EU, in environmental issues, in the many racial issues we are facing daily in this nation, and in the democratic campaign that the media have downplayed so shamelessly in their effort to keep Trump in the spotlight.  I reserve my ‘woman’s prerogative’ to change my mind and ultimately write again about Trump, but for now at least, he is not worth my time, trouble, or the negative effect on my moods and well-being.

30 thoughts on “A Line in the Sand …

  1. One of your most insightful and intelligent posts. I realized, after seeing Jon Stewart on the Colbert show doing one of his old-fashioned intelligent rants, that we need more people like him to speak out against this bloated, ignorant, bigoted, oompa-loompa of a candidate. Don’t give up. Some of us are listening.

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    • Thank you, Don! I spent a lot of time on this one, as I really wanted to get the right message across, and it seems that I did. Maybe you are right … I always thought it was important to keep speaking as the voice of reason, but then I thought I was wasting my breath. I am definitely taking a brief haitus from him, however, in the interest of my own sanity. i find I am not sleeping nights and am unusually grumpy these days, so I think I need a few days away from Bozo the Clown! Thanks again … you made my day! 🙂

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    • Yes, as I am sure this one will eventually be. That is why we draw the lines in the sand, rather than in the concrete … so we can be flexible as the winds of time blow the sand around. 🙂

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  2. Jill, reading some of the comments, it is interesting to me to see two online pro-Clinton pieces that the Last Millennial shared on his blog. The first is a summary of the very positive things that Republican leaders said about Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State before she chose to run for office. The list of GOP senators and congressman and even Trump is interesting, as well as the very positive kudos.

    The second is a similar list of Republican leaders who are highly critical of Donald Trump as a candidate. The comments are as you would expect given the nature and history of the candidate. What is interesting is to contrast these comments with the vile hatred said at the convention toward her.

    As conservative author PJ O’Rourke said on Bill Maher’s show, he is voting for Hillary Clinton as he at least knows what he will get. With Trump, he has no idea. Clinton is far from perfect, but she will be a far more credible President, given he global relations and very visible efforts and example to improve the maltreatment of women around the globe. And, unlike what the GOP is saying, our reputation around the globe is much better under Obama than when he took office – like Clinton, he is not perfect, but he has made us a better partner.

    But, what do I know. I may be moving to Canada as well, as we Americans are stupid enough to vote for this clown who is no longer funny. Keith

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    • I would be interested to read those two pieces by Last Millennial. Would you mind sending me a link, as I don’t think I follow that blog. And yes, I agree … in a perfect world, Clinton would not be my #1 choice, but I trust her, know she has the experience for the job, and think she has solid ideas, so I will be voting for her. You are right that her reputation internationally is far better than Trump’s. Most of my friends on the other side of the globe tell me they are afraid for Trump to become president, and understandably so. Nope, he quit being funny long ago.

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  3. The Republican Party is in shambles, thanks to Donald Trump. I honestly thought they would find a way to make sure he didn’t get the nomination — he has alienated so many life-long Republicans. But I agree with you: I am also tired of reading and writing about this man. He is simply not worth it. We must simply hope and pray that he self-destructs before November. I would only add that I have had quite a lot to say about the Second Amendment and what it says (and what it doesn’t say). So I will not repeat here what I have said on my blog. It is hard spitting into the wind!

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    • Well, I think that if they had found a way to keep him from the nomination, there would have been bloodshed in the streets, so for that reason alone, I am glad they didn’t. And yes, spitting in the wind is what I feel like I, too, am doing sometimes. But we must keep spitting in hopes that we hit at least a few people in the eye and wake them up, yes? I shall have to go read your 2nd amendment posts … I have done a few, and I know it is without a doubt the most controversial topic I have written about! People love their guns more, I sometimes think, than even their families! Sheesh. So … let us have a break from da idiot for at least a week or two and let some light into our lives! 🙂

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  4. As an outsider looking in,my fear is that he is going to win the race. And that is just way too scary. But you are right. Everyone needs a break from constant negativity. Goodluck.

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  5. For one; Lincoln’s party was more liberal minded back then and the Democrats were the slave owners, conservatives and don’t forget the Southern Democrats were behind the rise of the KKK (eg: Senator Byrd). Both parties have basically swapped ideologies. I have a sneaky suspicion that you very well, will be writing about President- Elect Trump in Nov……ijs. There are a lot of people in the ABH (Anyone But Hillary) party. 🙂

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  6. Agreed. The Party of Lincoln has become small-minded and hateful, and much of this started long before Trump ran for office. The dearth of ideas and the attack on constitutional rights of all citizens have been modus operandi. Trump is just the mirror image of the ugly parts of the party. Trump’s lack of veracity as a candidate is in his history and it is not hard to find – he exploits people for money and is thin-skinned and litigious. He is a consummate sales person, but not a very good manager. Yet, his dangerous and ill-informed positions and hate-filled rhetoric makes him even less virtuous as a candidate.

    I have had people tell me he could hire the best people to do his bidding, but he has trouble staffing a campaign with capable people as is evidence by the convention mistakes. Plus, his schtick is always to oversell and under-deliver, as is evidenced by the three class action lawsuits against Trump University, the first of which will start tomorrow, I think. These lawsuits are a microcosm of Trump’s approach to making money – misrepresent, arm-twist and move on.

    Yet, as I wrote on my recent post, the fact he portrays making us safer as the “law and order” candidate is not well grounded. No party that advocates against better gun governance and belittles groups of Americans can make us safer, as stopping a motivated lone gunman is nigh impossible without help from all of us. But, this candidate, in particular, has already made us less safer with his xenophobic and bigoted hate speech, so says five retired generals and two former CIA directors. And, now he has said he would not automatically honor our commitments to NATO. That is a huge breach of trust. And, other countries need to step up and roundly criticize this candidate, as some have already done.

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  7. I absolutely agree with you and that, though it was Lincoln’s republican party that freed the slaves, were he alive today, he would be completely ashamed of the divisiveness and hatred spewed by the unfortunate nominee that this unthinking band of irresponsible thugs have decided to support. I admire the few people in the party who are encouraging people to vote their conscience, the way one should vote anyway and those principled people, and no, I don’t agree with every position, and no candidate is perfect, but I applaud their convictions and that’s the sort of leadership we need.

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  8. I can understand that you are utterly fed up with the guy and the whole party… but somehow I do not believe you will really be able to keep that pen ( or keyboard) in check 😉 . But I will read and see. 🙂

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